Apr 21, 2013 - 5:03 pm
I am re-posting something that I asked on the United Ostomy Association board, because this has been a great and supportive community so perhaps I will get good answers here too. So instead of a ileostomy, my mom got a colostomy. The operation was last Thursday, without the removal of the rectum and anus, so her body is still egesting what was left in that area. She is in pretty awful pain, almost as much as she was before the operation. The stoma seems to be working great, but the pain in her recctal area kind of overwhelms everything else right now. So my question is - how long does this last? Right now it's not phantom BM, since she actually has very small amounts of feces still coming out, but when that's all gone? Will it still contract and hurt like this when the rest of her digestive system is actually doing a BM? Right now she doesn't want to even think about more sorgery, but is the removal of those end organs the only way to make this pain go away?